Who is responsible for the care of patients treated with warfarin therapy?

Luke R E Bereznicki, Leanne Stafford, Ella C Jeffrey, Gregory M Peterson and Shane L Jackson
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb03321.x
Published online: 16 November 2009

To the Editor: The recent article by Lowthian and colleagues raises some important concerns regarding current management of warfarin therapy in Australia, especially the provision of quality warfarin education.1 While the study focused on the uncertainty surrounding who is responsible for this task, additional barriers to providing warfarin education include limited access to suitable resources and a tendency to rely on a single verbal counselling session and/or the supply of written material, often just before discharge from hospital.2

  • Luke R E Bereznicki
  • Leanne Stafford
  • Ella C Jeffrey
  • Gregory M Peterson
  • Shane L Jackson

  • Unit for Medications Outcomes Research and Education, School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS.



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